Film, Media and Cultural Studies (Placement Year) BA Hons - 2020 Entry
Lancaster’s degree in Film, Media and Cultural Studies, taught by the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts and the Sociology department gives you the opportunity to study film within the broader areas of communications and entertainment media and culture.
Film at Lancaster is a stimulating and intellectually engaging course which provides a framework for the close analysis of individual films. You will study cinema history and the social significance of films and will develop a detailed understanding of the techniques of film production. You will also have the opportunity to produce short films in all three years of your study. You can choose from a range of specialist courses and will develop skills that can lead to postgraduate study and careers in the media, advertising and marketing.
The Media and Cultural Studies programme at Lancaster is similarly theoretical and analytical but also contains practical components and skills embedded within the core curriculum. This programme is concerned with the critical study of media and culture and offers you the opportunity to examine historical and contemporary issues and debates. We will cover such themes as media history, politics and power, subcultures and marginal cultures, the role played by media in contemporary activist movements, the relationship between media, gender, race, ability, disability and body image, and making, reforming and hacking the public sphere.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
On this combined programme of study you will take the core modules from the Film Studies programme and the closely related Media and Cultural Studies programme. You can choose option modules from a wide range of subjects including Consumer Culture and Advertising, Silent Cinema, Information Society and Virtual Cultures, New Hollywood Cinema, Media in the Global Age, Hong Kong cinema, Viral Video Production, Film and Comic Books, Gender and Media, European New Wave cinema, Film Theory, and Visual Media and Culture.
In your final year, you will complete an independent research Dissertation, where staff will support you on a topic of your choice, and where you have the option to combine practical and written elements.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.
A Level ABB
Required Subjects Film, Media or one other humanities subject considered desirable but not essential
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Bodies in Society
- Critical Reflections
- Digital Cultures
- Disasters: Why do things go wrong?
- Documentary Film Practice
- European New Wave Cinema
- Feminism and Social Change
- Film and Comic Books
- Friendship, Intimacy and Society
- Gender, Sexuality and Society
- LICA Schools Placement
- Living with Capitalism: Work and Profit
- Media & Performance
- Media and Visual Culture
- Media in a Global Age
- Modernity and its Discontents
- Nations and Migration
- Perception and the Arts
- Socio-Cultural Approaches to Advertising
- Sociology goes to Hollywood
- Viral Video Production
- Women Film Makers
- Advanced Film Theory
- Apocalypse Then: New Hollywood Cinema
- Classic Hollywood: The Studio Era
- Contemporary Hong Kong Cinema
- Creative Enterprise
- Independent Dissertation Project
- Independent Dissertation Project
- Living with Capitalism: Class, Distribution and Recognition
- Media in a Global Age
- Silent Cinema
- Social Media and Activism
- Sociology of the Future
- Violence and Society
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A LICA combined degree gives graduates the confidence and capability to produce work for themselves. Our graduates have become professional theatre practitioners including performers, directors, writers, dramaturgs, producers and technicians while others have chosen to work as community artists, arts administrators and managers. Film graduates have gone into TV production roles, independent film production and jobs in advertising, marketing and media production. The transferable skills gained through studying a LICA combined degree at Lancaster make our graduates extremely attractive to employers within different creative industries, including the media, broadcast and print journalism, public relations, personnel and the Civil Service. Many of our graduates also go on to further study often becoming academics, lecturers and teachers or further vocational training in theatre or film production, including the prestigious New York Film Academy and London Film School.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Fees and Funding
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